Uniform: how to succeed in contemporary menswear


Karen Alberg Grossman: Uniform’s Gary Ritacco is a talented merchant and seller with taste, intuition, personality and business savvy.

Garys Fashion Island: Next Generation


Karen Alberg Grossman: I’m just back from a Forum meeting in Newport Beach where I had the pleasure of visiting Gary’s newly renovated space at Fashion Island.

Schmoozing: Kiton dinner in New York


A fabulous bespoke dinner and private Kiton preview for fashion editors was hosted last night by Kiton U.S. president Antonio Paone at the Kiton mansion in Manhattan. The menu featured authentic Italian cuisine by Kiton private chef Pasquale Gatta, who flew in from Naples for the occasion. The food and wine were incredible, as was […]

Whitman School of Management: Retail Stars of the Future

Henry Grethel, Karen Alberg and Richard Mast

Karen Alberg Grossman: Had a wonderful few days meeting with students, faculty and retail industry leaders at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Elie Tahari: An American dream

Elie Tahari

Karen Alberg Grossman talks to designer Elie Tahari about how he made it big. “Yes, I slept in Central Park when I first arrived in America but I never felt homeless,” saysTahari. “I was camping!”

Editor’s Letter: Making it here

Checking out the St. Croix factory in Winona, Minnesota

In my 21 years as editor of MR Magazine, I’ve seen my share of domestic factories. It’s America at its best: talented people from diverse ethnic backgrounds working together for a common goal.

Trunk show triumph


Nothing gets me more in the mood to spend money than beautiful clothes shown in well-merchandised stores by the passionate people who create them. Here, at Richards in Greenwich, Connecticut this past Saturday, some of my favorite vendors showing their new fall goods to lots of upscale shoppers. Of course, Andrew, Bobby and Russ Mitchell […]

Luxury Lifestyle from Kevin Willis


I’ve known Kevin Willis for several years now and was delighted to see my favorite basketball superstar (who founded his Willis & Walker clothing business in 1988, four years after starting with the NBA) launch a terrific total lifestyle collection in collaboration with Marcraft Apparel Group. Not surprisingly, this new luxury collection is geared toward […]

Fashion Week: Perry Ellis


Loved the Perry Ellis Spring 2012 runway show last night! Lots of great summer sweaters with ribbed detail and color blocking in beautiful shades of dusty rose, turquoise, burnt orange and gold, to accent the saleable neutrals. Also loved the safari jackets, lightweight scarves, linen capris and swimwear (figures that my camera battery died at […]

Made In America: The factories

Crafted with pride While the number of U.S. factories has obviously declined over the years, the ones that remain are hanging in, some even thriving. Consider JA Apparel in New Bedford, Mass. with its 450 employees. “It dates back to 1920,” says JA Apparel’s Tony Sapienza. “GFT bought it in 1985 and converted it. They […]